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Suffering from FOMO?

I recently read an article about the phenomenon known as FOMO. Know what that is? “Fear of missing out”.
What has happened to society when we are so consumed with our online personas that we actually end up missing out on “real life” living? Is the consequence of FOMO ironic to me alone?

How many times have I seen couples sitting at a restaurant, so consumed with their phones that they don’t even speak to one another? Or witnessed a gathering of friends who are constantly taking photos and updating their FB status to convince their online followers how much fun they’re having.

Seems a recipe for digital burnout to me.

Perhaps this is why so many people threaten to leave their phones and computers behind when going away for a weekend…or better yet, on vacation. Unconvinced ourselves of whether this is wise, or whether we’ll be able to handle the withdrawal, we ponder the decision carefully. I have done so many times.

This is then followed by the anxiety of feeling “disconnected”. I just returned from a long weekend away without computer or telephone access. It felt like being on another planet not because of the beauty that surrounded me, but because of the distance I felt to those in my life, even if only connected by a digital thread.

I got over it quickly of course. A lakeside view, canoes and hikes have a way of doing that to you. Nevertheless I admit that I was antsy to reconnect to my social media lifeline once within the radius of the city. 

Which leads me to you think you can relax when still connected to the digital world? Do you think it takes away from or adds to your "real life" experiences?


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